By Ray Gano
Throughout my series on “The Days of Noah & The Demonic Wars” I have been stating that a “born again” Christian cannot become demonically possessed.
NOW… “born again” Christians CAN be demonically influenced, oppressed and depressed.
I have gotten a number of emails from people who are Christians and yet claim to be “possessed.”
The problem lies in the wording and yes, splitting hairs here, but in this case I think it is important to spilt hairs because this also has a lot to do with one eternal salvation and eternal security.
Problem – People use the word “possessed” as an umbrella statement.
In responding too many of the emails I have gotten where people claim to be “possessed” they are in reality are demonically influenced, oppressed and / or depressed.
Here is the definition of Possessed…
(of a person) completely controlled by an evil spirit.
To be possessed, a demon must “possess” that person.
If one is born again then a demon cannot “possess” that person.
Here, let’s define Possess…
have as belonging to one; to own.
IF we are “born again” then we are now owned by the Father. Nothing can pluck us from His hand and nothing can separate us from God.
We read in John 10:27 – 29…
John 10:27 – 29
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.
To back up John 10 we read in Romans 8 that nothing can separate us from God.
Romans 8:39 “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This is basically the doctrine of eternal security. Once we are a child of God, there is nothing that can possess us, own us, separate us from God nor pluck us from God’s hand.
Here is a simple exercise that can help drive this idea home.
Look at your left hand and say you have a black permanent marker. Write the word “ME” in the middle of your left hand. Do it slowly and make it very clear and legible.
It should look something like this…
Let’s imagine that my hand / your hand (if you are doing this exercise) is the hand of God.
The “ME” is in the hand of God and there is nothing that can pluck it out. Because it is permanent ink, it has fused with the skin of my hand and the “ME” has become part of my hand.
Now, punch the “ME” in your left hand. You can pour water on it, stab at it with your pen, do all kinds of things to it. No matter what, you cannot separate the “ME” from the hand of God.
Note also… the “ME” cannot voluntarily leave the hand nor can the “ME” separate itself from the hand. The “ME” is part of the hand. In fact, can that “ME” do anything at all? No it cannot. Once in the hand of God, there is nothing that “ME” can do.
I know that this is kind of a simplistic sort of way of explaining this, but it has seemed to work in other situations when I am trying to explain the doctrine of eternal security.
SO… if the “ME” is in the hand of God, can a demon come along and possess the “ME”?
No it can’t because nothing can separate ME from God because it is God who now possesses me.
This means that once we are a Child of God and He possesses us, we are forever His.
A really great author William McDonald put it in very simple terms…
“No one else can pluck them away, but a believer himself can do it” This is bizarre – that a true Christian has more power than anyone else in the universe. No one – and that includes the sheep – can remove himself from the Shepherd’s strong grip… In view of such marvelous assurance, it is perverse that people should object that a true sheep of Christ should decide that he doesn’t want to be a sheep any longer, and could thus remove himself from his Father’s hand. The argument will not stand. The words “no one” are absolute. They do not allow for any exception. The inspired text does not say “no one except a sheep of Christ himself”
In one of my email correspondence one person asked (when I was using the “ME” anaology)
‘We cannot be snatched out of his hand but can we decide to leave?’
This is a great question and believe it or not, this idea is believed by many and believe it is an aspect of “Freewill”.
To answer that question, one first has to ask, would a truly born-again believer ever want to lose his/her salvation?
And second, if for some strange reason a person did want ‘to leave’, where could they go to get away from the one who now indwells them until the day of redemption?
I personally do not believe that a true born again believer would ever ‘want to leave’ or lose their salvation. The key is “truly born again.”
The fruit of a true salvation is shown by the fact that they do persevere to the end as spoken of by Paul. This does not mean that there are not times of doubt, or even backsliding in the life of a true believer. All of us have seriously backslidden before, but we never fell out of the “hand of God.”
God does not stop working in the lives of such people and the Holy Spirit does not leave them. This is actually part of the Doctrine of Regeneration, God working from within to change us from the inside out.
He continues to work to bring them back to Himself.
A person once asked a famous theologian ‘And what if we turn our back on God’s light?’
Their response … ‘then God’s light will shine on your back.’
What we need to remember is that God is faithful and doesn’t give up on those that are His.
AND… this is why truly born again Christians cannot be demon possessed.
We are bought with a high price, the blood of Christ. When we come to that point in our lives where we give our lives to The Lord, He cleanses us with the blood of Christ and we are then, blood bought souls. We become “new creatures” in Christ and never again are we the filthy pig that we once were.
Charles Spurgeon stated the following…
“The man who is born for heaven “hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity.” All men have their joys, by which their souls are lifted up; the worldling lifts up his soul in carnal delights, which are mere empty vanities; but the saint loves more substantial things; like Jehoshaphat, he is lifted up in the ways of the Lord. He who is content with husks, will be reckoned with the swine. Does the world satisfy thee? Then thou hast thy reward and portion in this life; make much of it, for thou shalt know no other joy.”
I guess the next question that you may be asking in your head, is “Am I truly saved”?
What distinguishes a true Christian from a C.I.N.O.? (Christian In Name Only)
In most cases the answer is one word – guilt. Those who are truly Christians are convicted when they sin and feel guilt whenever they do sin (and we all sin).
Those who aren’t true Christians don’t feel guilt, either because they have quenched the Holy Spirit or because they were never saved in the first place.
If fact, one of the sure ways to find out if you are really saved is how you react to sin. If you just shrug it off and say “everyone sins”. then you have problems.
If you hate every sin you have committed and feel guilt every time, you are saved.
If you are a saved, born again, blood bought soul, you are a Child of God. You are forever in the Hand of God, never to be plucked out by any man or anything. Nothing can separate us from God once we are one of His.
So again, based on what we have reviewed here we can clearly see that a born again Christian CANNOT become demon possessed.
To be possessed, one has to be “owned” and we who are Children of God are “owned” by God, therefor HE possesses us and we are possessed by God in the form of the Holy Spirit. It is love at the speed of light, the moment we say “YES LORD… I submit my life to You.” The Holy Spirit comes in and “indwells us” / possesses us and never leaves.
I hope that this little study in regards to the Doctrine of Eternal Security has helped.
If you have any questions about the demonic, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org